This information focuses on road access and motorized recreation trails, which are two of the six significant issues raised in response to the June 2011 proposed action.
How much of the Colville National Forest would be suitable for roads?
- Compared to the No Action Alternative, the remaining five alternatives reduce the percent of forest suitable for roads from 83% to between 73% and 75%.
- However, the Proposed Action Alternative allows for greater road densities in some management areas (MA) than currently exist on the forest.
- Alternatives P and R limit road density according to the MA, while Alternatives B and O cap the total miles of National Forest Service roads at 4,000 miles (consistent with the current level).
- Under Alternatives B and O, any new roads would require decommissioning of existing roads to maintain the 4,000-mile cap.
For more information on proposed road densities and total road miles, please see Table 183 (3 MB) in the DEIS and related information provided in each alternative description in Chapter 3. The graph below summarizes the suitability for roads proposed under each alternative.
How much of the Colville National Forest would be suitable for backcountry motorized use?
- Suitability for backcountry motorized use would be greatest under the Proposed Action Alternative (61,725 acres; 6%) and least under Alternatives R and B (about 6,700 acres; less than 1%).
- The No Action Alternative, Proposed Action Alternative and Alternatives P and O would retain all existing backcountry motorized trails across the Colville National Forest. Alternatives R and B would both reduce existing backcountry motorized trail miles by 39 miles. For more information, see Table 193 (3MB) in the DEIS and related information provided in each alternative description in Chapter 3.
- Backcountry motorized use would only occur on National Forest system trails located in Backcountry Motorized Management Areas and identified on the Colville National Forest's Motor Vehicle Use Map as open to specific types of motor vehicles.
The graph below summarizes the percentage of forest that could be open to backcountry motorized use under each alternative.